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Man escapes injury after speedboat accident

A man has escaped injury after he fell from his speedboat which carried on circling around him out of control.

The man - who had been supervising a group people on pedaloes - plunged from the boat while attempting to help a child being blown out to sea on a kayak at Swanage, Dorset today.

Portland Coastguard said several people on other boats went to the aid of the man including one who was able to get control of the boat and help him back on board.

The Coastguard said the incident highlighted the importance of wearing a safety kill cord when piloting a motorboat.

Watch manager Cindy Rodaway said: 'We are very relieved that everyone is safe and well and that there are no injuries resulting from this incident. This incident highlights the importance of wearing a kill cord whilst in charge of a motorboat.'


Swanage seafront at a standstill after Home Guard grenades are found

Holidaymakers and locals have been cleared from the main coast road at Swanage in Dorset after Home Guard grenades from World War II were found on the beach front.

Dorset Fire & Rescue are at the scene along with an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team. Dorset Police confirmed that a cordon in place along the beach.

The road affected is the A351 Victoria Avenue and Institute Road and Station Road.

Canoeists rescued by coastguard near Swanage

Twelve canoeists have been rescued off the coast of Swanage after getting into difficulty. Two three seater, and one six seater canoes were on the water when the larger canoe capsized.

The canoeists became swamped. A nearby boat saw the rouble and raised the alarm to the coastguard.

Swanage Lifeboat was called out and the group were rescued and taken to safety.

We're told they were suffering from the cold, but are all safe and do not need any medical attention.

Coastguard statement on 'tragic, complex rescue'

Mark Rodaway, Portland Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Manager gave this statement with regards to the inquest into the death of Charlotte Furness-Smith.

Any death at sea is a tragedy and has a profound impact on the family, friends and all those involved in the search and rescue operation. Our thoughts are with those that have been affected during this difficult time.This was a complex rescue, with winds gusting up to 60mph, horrendous sea conditions combined with high tide and limited access to the cave. This was proven when one of our Coastguard Rescue Officers risked his own life when attempting to abseil down a narrow blow hole.

I am confident the Coastguard helicopter crew, Coastguard Rescue Teams and the RNLI lifeboat crews on scene that day made every effort while there was still a chance of a successful rescue outcome.”

– Mark Rodaway, Portland Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre Manager

Misadventure verdict at inquest of woman who died trapped in sea cave

Charlotte Furness-Smith got trapped in a sea cave Credit: Royal Navy

A coroner has recorded a verdict of misadventure in the case of a woman who died trapped in Dorset sea cave.

Thirty-year-old Charlotte Furness-Smith had gone coasteering with her brother when she was swept into Tilly Whim caves in Swanage last November.

Her body has never been found.


Inquest starts into death of swimmer

The family of a woman from Buckinghamshire who drowned after becoming trapped in a cave have branded the inquest into her death as 'a charade'. Charlotte Furness-Smith - known as Buffy - was an army reservist and teacher from Amersham.

She was taking part in an adventure sport near Swanage in Dorset last November. Her body has never been found. Her family say rescuers delayed getting a rope down into the cave to save her. From Bournemouth Coroner's Court, Richard Slee sent this

Cave swimmer inquest takes place

The inquest of Charlotte Furness-Smith takes place today Credit: Royal Navy

An inquest is due to open into the death of a teacher who disappeared when she became trapped in caves in Dorset.

Thirty-year-old Charlotte Furness-Smith had gone coasteering with her brother when she was swept into Tilly Whim caves in Swanage last November. Her body has never been found.

The inquest is expected to last two days.

Iconic pier re-opens after being damaged by storms

One of the most iconic piers on our coastline was finally reopened today.

Swanage Pier in Dorset was severely damaged by a storm a year ago. Divers were involved in the fifty thousand pound restoration project. It's now fully repaired and safe for people to enjoy.

Swanage Pier is now safe for the public to enjoy Credit: ITV Meridian
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